“Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, joins the long list of movies filmed in Georgia. The movie is about a man, Sandy, who is tricked by a woman named Diana, who is experienced at stealing identities. When Sandy finds out his identity has been stolen he decides to track Diana down himself and get her to Denver, where she can be prosecuted.
Filming takes place in several Georgia counties, including Telfair County, which recently earned the honor of being called a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Telfair County is among more than 130 other Georgia communities that now hold this title. The Ocmulgee River Bridge, located in Telfair and Jeff Davis Counties, was used for filming, along with Highway 19 in nearby Wheeler County. Telfair County earned the Camera Ready distinction shortly before the filming of “Identity Theft.” Being Camera Ready is good for the local community as well as production companies that choose to film in that area. Local resources and location information is more readily available for productions companies and the local community benefits when business is brought into the area during filming.
Conyers, which is located approximately 30 miles from Atlanta, was also used for filming “Identity Thief.” The downtown area was transformed into a movie set and many locals enjoyed observing the action. Just a few miles away, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Rockdale, more filming took place. Rockdale has been a popular filming location, with scenes from “Trouble With the Curve,” “American Reunion,” and “Teen Wolf” also filmed there.
The Georgian Terrace, which was the location for the premier gala for “Gone With the Wind” back in the 1930's, makes an appearance in “Identity Theft” as well. The beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel was built more than 100 years ago and has served as a location for many important events. One of the stars in “Identity Thief,” Jason Bateman, had previously been to this location for filming the movie “The Change-Up” and returned for the filming of “Identity Thief.”
Atlanta is used in place of Denver in this film. In addition to the locations already mentioned, The 191 Peachtree Building, the Colonnade Restaurant, and the Perimeter Mall make appearances in the movie.
The film industry in Georgia is thriving and this is having a positive and important impact on the Georgia economy. With the number of television shows and movies being filmed in Georgia growing and the filming of high profile movies like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking place in Georgia, it seems the film industry here will only continue to grow and succeed.